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Catfish Kelly
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Location: Alta Vista Iowa
Motorcycle: 1982 Honda GL1100, 1980 Harley Davidson FLH80 Classic, 1949 Harley Davidson FL, 1977 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster, 1980 Yamaha XS650 Special II, 1972 Honda CB750 Rat Café, 1980 Honda CB750 Custom. Its not about what you ride, its IF you ride!!

New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby Catfish Kelly » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:33 pm



Hello folks,
I just registered today and for my first post would like to introduce myself.
I'm 45yro fella, been riding since 1982. My first bike was a 1970s Yamaha xs650 patched together from several different donor bikes. Lots of fun. I enjoy doing all my own work on all my bikes as best as I can. I currently enjoy the bikes in my stable:
1949 Harley Davidson FL -
1972 Honda CB750K Rat Café -
1977 Harley Davidson XLH Hardtail -
1980 Yamaha XS650 Special II -
1980 Harley Davidson FLH80 Classic -
1981 Honda CB750F Custom -
1982 Honda Goldwing CL1100 Full Hondaline Dress -
I have in the past owned BSA's, Triumphs, Suzukis, Flathead Harleys and various choppers.
I never intended on having so many bikes. The Rat Café has been in my family since 1975 and was the first bike I ever was given a ride on by my Uncle Mike, and is the bike that introduced me to riding. He gifted it to me 12 years ago. It is absolutely the most fun bike I own. It looks like an orange baby elephant, has the clubman bars, barkin' rusty shorty headers, goofy stickers, rusty chrome, faded paint and tons of attitude. It makes people smile ( cuz I look like a Russian circus bear on it, all I need is the Fez) , especially me. Its got a stock motor, isn't really that fast, but sounds like its really gettin' busy. Justa fun bike.
The same uncle gifted me the XS650 Yamaha 3 years ago, and I finally got it on the road last summer. He was tired of it setting in his shed with a blown CDI box. I put 2300 miles on it riding to work and errands on the weekends last summer. Perfect commuter bike.
The 1949 Harley Panhead was a long term project to use up all the old Harley parts I had laying around for the last 20 years. It has the manual adjust distributer, tanks shift and foot clutch. I stroked the motor out to 84ci and added some goodies on the insides. Its a wild ones style bobber, that looks like it was pulled out of a chicken coop, but is deceivingly light and quick at around 380-400lbs wet wght. I enjoy messing with the rich kids on their new $40,000 stock Harleys. It holds its own.
The 81 Honda CB750F Custom is more the wife's bike. She has had triumphs and Harleys. But seems most happy with the Honda Cb750 with a windjammer and stereo.
The 1977 XLH Hardtail is a project my Dad and I picked up to turn a profit on. Paid $500 and should pocket $2500 after expense,( New windows for the house with my cut).
The 1980 Harley FLH80 Classic is what's left of my military pay from Desert Storm. Also is good loan lean material. Its a fun bike also. The only Shovelhead around that does not leak any oil and is very dependable.
That leaves the 1982 Honda Goldwing GL1100.
This bike was gifted to me by another uncle 3 weeks ago. It has been setting for 10 years, so I may have my work cut out for me. It is not my 1st Goldwing. I owned a 1978 GL1000 8 years ago. The only bike I truly regret selling. It was show floor condition. The wife and I would hitch up its homebuilt trailer and cruise the Mississippi valley hitting garage sales. That bike had all the power we ever needed even in the river valley hills two-up, pulling a trailer full of garage sale treasures. There was only one bike I ever rode before that that was as smooth. Believe it or not it was a 1965 Harley Davidson FLH I serviced for a customer. ( I do work out of my garage). An unmolested, bone stock, all HD 1965 Harley Davidson FLH with 7,500 actual miles. Still original paint, exhaust and the original factory tires, (which I was nervous about, but had no visible weather checking) the original cloth covered wiring. That old bike rode and shifted exactly like that GL1000. Smooth and Quite. There was none of the noises, vibrations or mannerisms that you typically hear about those old bikes. I was stunned. If you ever have the opportunity to ride such a bike, please do so. Or any vintage bike for that matter. Alas I digress...
My uncle Bob loaned me the 1982 GL1100 12 years ago to go on a river ride with my folks and their friends. I fell in love with that bike and told Uncle Bob to let me know if he ever wanted to sell it. He said Id have to wait in line behind my other two uncles. So I did... :D.
Uncle Mike bought it from Uncle Bob, Uncle Bill bought it from Uncle Mike, and three weeks ago, Uncle Bill called and asked if I wanted the Wing. I sez, "Is King Kong a Monkey and James Brown Funky?" :lol: I was shocked when He said I could have it. So it sets in my shed now, and there's too much winter left. I will need help getting it back on the road so I found this forum. As I do my own work and learn, I will post any help I can to pay it forward. When he parked it the bike had a slow draw on the battery when shut off, and if I remember right, the rear shocks would loose air over time. There is a lot of accessory lights on it, so I'm going to remove all of them. I'm counting on having to rebuild the carburetors right outta the gate. Hoping the fuel pump seals and gaskets are OK. Ill search this site as I'm sure there is a treasure trove of info on here relating to just my situation.
Thanks for your time,
Keep a leg on each side and yer mind in the middle
Kelly


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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:45 pm

Well then let me be the first to welcome you to the forum. 8-)
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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby suvcw04 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:40 pm

Welcome. I sent you a PM. We're about 15 miles apart.

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby yamaha96 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:49 am

welcome from your Va. friend ,Mike, never been to Iowa , sounds like me you have a lot of Motorcycle experience, can't wait to read some of your posts.

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby themainviking » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:06 am

Catfish Kelly wrote:There was only one bike I ever rode before that that was as smooth. Believe it or not it was a 1965 Harley Davidson FLH I serviced for a customer. ( I do work out of my garage). An unmolested, bone stock, all HD 1965 Harley Davidson FLH with 7,500 actual miles. Still original paint, exhaust and the original factory tires, (which I was nervous about, but had no visible weather checking) the original cloth covered wiring. That old bike rode and shifted exactly like that GL1000. Smooth and Quite. There was none of the noises, vibrations or mannerisms that you typically hear about those old bikes. I was stunned. If you ever have the opportunity to ride such a bike, please do so.


Mine was never like that. It had the full Harley spectrum of vibrations and shakes. Have a look. I guess some are smooth and some are not :lol:



And welcome to the forum Kelly.
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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby Pam » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:59 am

Welcome from Manitoba Canada :D

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby wing rider 2012 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:06 pm

Welcome from the Pacific Northwest.
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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby Sidcar » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:21 pm

Greetings from the UK and welcome to THE best Goldwing site.
Why haven't I got Uncles gifting me motorcycles???

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby trike lady » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:29 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby redial » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:31 pm

It sounds like you have some experience with MC, I look forward to your posts. Welcome from South Australia.
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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby wally » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:20 am

Welcome from Michigan, that was quite an intro, great job. As far as the leaking shocks on the 1100, check the Schrader valves (not sure how it's spelled) in the control unit on the faux tank, that's where I finally tracked my leak to.

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby Sally » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:34 am

Welcome from NY the state with super hgh taxes and weather that changes every five mins. No really this is a great site to spent time at.. Sally :lol:

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby Mag » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:16 pm

....and welcome from the upper Pacific Northwest state of WA....where it rains and is cold and today blue sky/sunny/and cold!!!!

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Re: New Guy From Iowa Intro - Hello-

Postby bustedwing » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:39 pm

Hello Kelly and welcome to the website from the U.P. of Michigan. Wow, I wish you lived near here. Love your mantra, don't care what you ride, just as long as you ride. And I feel the same. Just do it safely. I have seen those charging systems create a discharge , so just a thought charge the battery up, then check the discharge. Then disconnect the voltage regulator and check again.


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